Andy Warhol, You’re My Hero! Colacello, Gagosian, Mugrabi and Rosen Chat About the Pop Art Superstar in East Hampton

Bob Colacello (Courtesy Patrick McMullan)

Only the conversation topic of Andy Warhol could lure to East Hampton, on a Sunday morning no less, such a stacked panel of the big guys: Peter Brant, Alberto Mugrabi, Aby Rosen, Larry Gagosian, Whitney chief curator Donna De Salvo, and Factory superstar Jane Holzer. One had to doubt whether all would actually show up. Yet, there they were all at Guild Hall, all eager to discuss all things Warhol. And they came to talk with a moderator who has been, at various times, Warhol’s biographer, nurse, magazine editor, party pal, lackey, leader, wingman, acolyte, enemy, scourge—Bob Colacello. Read More


Talking Ambition, Taking Apart ‘Lean In': Six Women Tackle Gender Politics in the Arts

Even for the staunchest supporters of the cause, discussing gender inequity in the art world can get very grim very fast. Bleak statistics on gallery representation and auction records elicit (understandable) groans, and more time gets spent maligning the problems than working on them. Fortunately, the six women participating in last week’s “62 Years Later: Gender Politics in the Arts” discussion at Robert Miller Gallery avoided gloom, expressing optimism and frustration in near equal measure. In conjunction with the gallery’s Lee Krasner exhibition, three of the fiercest female forces in New York’s art world—RoseLee Goldberg, founding director and curator of Performa, artist Laurie Simmons and Anne Pasternak, president and artistic director of Creative Time—spoke about ambition and achievement along with Lauren Flanigan, an opera soprano and nonprofit director, Heather Watts, formerly the principal dancer in George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet, and moderator Sylvia Ann Hewlett, the esteemed author and economist. Read More


Critics Debate ‘International Art English’ at CAA Conference


Despite its name, “The Future of Art Magazines” panel discussion at the College Art Association’s 101st annual conference earlier this month was devoted less to divination than to discourse on the past and present of art glossies. Chaired by Art in America editor, Lindsay Pollock, the panelists assembled at the massive Hilton New York in Midtown to speak on a number of pressing issues—and occasionally spar with one another. Read More


Stiglitz, Freeland, Mandles Talk Art, Inequality, at Leila Heller Gallery


Chelsea galleries are better known for serving the super rich than taking them to task, but if any 1-percent patrons happened upon Leila Heller Gallery  last Tuesday night, they were in for a surprise. A panel discussion devoted to economic inequality brought Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and Thomson Reuters Digital Editor Chrystia Freeland to the gallery to speak alongside Roger Mandle, executive director of the Qatar Museums Authority, and artist Gayle Mandle.

Diana Burroughs, the director of modern and contemporary art at Leila Heller Gallery, said that as art becomes more political, she wants to broaden the gallery’s engagement with other fields and involve experts from outside the art world. “The fact is that there is a movement and there should be a dialogue about how art is reflecting society,” she said.   Read More


NEA Chairman to Appear at Storm King Art Center

Mr. Landesman. (Courtesy

Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, will appear at a panel discussion at Storm King Art Center on Aug. 25, “On Creative Place-Making. He will be joined by artists Eve Biddle, Mark di Suvero and Lily Yeh. They will discuss “developing projects that have enlivened or enhanced neighborhoods and communities” in a conversation moderated by Storm King president John P. Stern. Read More


Mike Check, Reykjavík


Ragnar Kjartansson and Björk probably have more in common than you know. They’re both Icelandic, both come from a musical background and on Friday afternoon’s standing-room-only Armory Show panel, they both looked particularly natty—with Björk in a burgundy velvet dress and green veil and Mr. Kjartansson in a sharp suit—as they agreed that they were both really into nature at this moment. Read More


At Pace, Critics and Family Make a Case for Roberto Matta

Roberto Matta's 1982 "Architecture du temps (un point sait tout)"

“This is a man who never stopped laughing, who always spoke in riddles, who identified with the joker, and is always actively engaging us with that perplexity, the idea of paradox in paintings,” biographer Justin Spring proclaimed of artist Roberto Matta at Pace Gallery’s West 25th Street branch last week. He added, “This is a starting point, rather than a definitive moment for Matta.” Read More